UN Security Council to hold new meeting on Kosovo
The UN Security Council scheduled a meeting on Tuesday at the request of Serbia to discuss Kosovo's nearly month-old declaration of independence, which Belgrade said has aggravated the situation in the Balkans. ( dpa )
Council president, Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, said Monday the body had agreed to the request for the meeting by Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, who was to attend the session.
Jeremic called for an urgent meeting "to consider the aggravation of the situation concerning the Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija due to the illegal recognition of this illegal act by some member states of the UN."
Many countries, including the United States and major European countries like France, Britain, Germany and Switzerland, have recognized Kosovo's independence from Serbia since its unilateral declaration on February 18.
The United Nations cannot approve or disapprove of a nation declaring independence and recognition of that act is left to individual countries. Kosovo may one day seeks UN membership, but will likely face the veto power of Russia in the Security Council. Russia, an ally of Serbia, strongly opposes Kosovo's secession from Serbia.